On my doorstep
Domali is a restaurant and bar, established at Crystal Palace over twenty years ago. I first ate here a few years ago for brunch and it immediately spoke to me as a popular place with quality food. As I have mentioned before and will most likely do so again, Crystal Palace has become such a vibrant area with trendy pubs and diverse food. Domali was one of my earliest experiences of the quality change in the area.
Domali used to be a vegetarian/pescetarian menu only when I first went. I loved the eggs benedict and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, heaven! It was most definitely a great choice for a lazy brunch. Oddly though I didn’t go back for a few years.
Recently Domali has undergone a restoration, adding meat to the menu in the process. With this new change, I thought it was about time to revisit an old favourite to see what the food was like now. The look I think has really enhanced what Domali has to offer. The inclusion of a nice bar is always a good way to good.
Over recent months I have been back to Domali to try out different dishes.
Poached eggs and avocado smash
First up I went for poached eggs with avocado mash with a side of halloumi. Previous to this I had not come across the term avocado mash. I thought it was going to be avocado with some sort of special Domali seasoning. All I got was exactly what it said, mashed avocado. Not as adventurous as I thought but not a terrible thing. Adding a side of halloumi added some needed punch to this dish, which is definitely on the side of healthy breakfast.
Full English Breakfast
Next up is a full English, which no one can really do wrong, or can they? I went with my old friend Kieren who said that the measure of a good full English is what it includes. To be honest there are so many things which could be included in a full English breakfast. If you had a bit of everything on a plate you just wouldn’t eat it all. I’m happy with bacon, sausage, egg and baked beans, and if I was being generous hash browns. Domali delivers for me.
The last thing I tried was the new signature Domali burger. Now in most cases, a burger is a burger. Over many years a burger has become such a standardised thing that you are not going find much difference from one place to another. What I found with the Domali burger was that it was more stripped down. It wasn’t trying to be anything over the top. The burger came in a traditional bun, as opposed to the brioche buns you see everywhere. Garlic mayo is not something I am a huge fan of but with this dish I actually liked it. The small bucket of fries was the perfect amount. It annoys me when I get a bigger bucket of skinny fries and it feels like an endless pot. Here the quantity was just right for me. I did not add any extra fillings, so the burger was in its original form with homemade red pepper & tomato relish and mayonnaise. Yummy all the way.
Domali Signature Burger
The food is definitely still quality for me. The fishcakes are next to try I think…
As mentioned above the popularity of Domali is part of what drew me in. This was without it being too crazy inside or feeling cramped. There are groups of friends, families, solo eaters, couples, young and old all filling this vibrant space. The thing with Crystal Palace at the moment is that the community hang out and eat in the same places. Domali is totally one of these places.
There is an outdoor seating area out back with around nine/ten large tables. So it is perfect for the summer season. I sat outside to have my burger recently and it was so ideal.
The only negative thing I would say is that the speed of service could be better. Apart from this I’m totally sold on Domali. If you are around south London I recommend giving it a try not matter the time of day.
What are your favourite local restaurants/bars?
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